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Call for more people in Lichfield to sign up as on-call firefighters

More people in Lichfield are being urged to sign up as paid on-call firefighters.

An awareness week is currently taking place and it has been backed by Staffordshire’s Commissioner for Police, Fire and Rescue and Crime Matthew Ellis.

Commissioner Matthew Ellis
Commissioner Matthew Ellis

He said: “I’ve spent the last few months visiting more than 20 fire stations throughout Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent to find out about their issues impacting on the service.

“Following feedback, one of the key objectives must be to increase the number of on-call firefighters which are currently below where they should be.

“My deputy Sue Arnold will take this work forward with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to join the service and make a difference across our area.”

On-call firefighters provide emergency response cover from either their home or work base, which needs to be within five minutes of their local station.

After an initial training course, they attend weekly drill nights to ensure they maintain their skills. As well as responding to emergencies, they are also involved in community fire safety initiatives in their local area, including home fire risk checks and school visits.

Mrs Arnold said: “I want to give a shout out to our existing on-call firefighters who do a tremendous job supporting our communities.

“One minute you could be sitting at home in front of the TV, the next you’re sat on a fire engine heading off on a shout.

“This is a great chance to do something special for the people of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.”

For more details visit the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service website.

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